October 18, 2011
After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census. The abundance of palm-sized newborns bodes well for those who catch — and those who eat — the official state fish, also known as rockfish. "We had a widespread good spawn in the bay. … In three to four years that will translate into excellent fishing," said Tom O'Connell, director of the Fisheries Service for the Department of Natural Resources.
October 13, 2006
Piney Run -- According to Jim Gronaw, chicken livers were able to catch rockfish, catfish and channel cats, while night crawlers were successful with white perch. Liberty Reservoir -- Anglers are lining up near the Nicodemus Bridge for the purpose of picking up white perch, crappie, blue gill and large and smallmouth bass, all on night crawlers. Doug Geis of Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle said he expects this for the next three or four weeks. Susquehanna River -- Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop reports few rockfish, "like everywhere else on the bay."
May 29, 2006
Liberty Reservoir, on the border between Carroll and Baltimore counties, is a popular spot for fishing. Built by Baltimore City for use as a public water supply, it was completed on July 8, 1954. However, it is also home to a number of fish species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and white perch. The reservoir also was stocked with striped bass between 1981 and 1984. They can now be caught in the 40-pound range, according to the state Department of Natural Resources Web site.
December 1, 2005
If you listened to the talk Monday night in Annapolis, you'd have come away wondering whether Maryland's yellow perch population is plentiful or pitiful. "Plentiful," proclaimed state fisheries biologists and watermen. "Pitiful," replied recreational anglers. Debating the future of wildlife resources goes back even further than the great Socratic exercises of "tastes great" vs. "less filling," and the merits of Certs as a candy mint or breath mint. Rockfish, oysters, crabs - no matter the critter, the outcome of these Department of Natural Resources informational meetings is always a confusing stew of anecdotal evidence, scientific numbers and conflicting passions.
June 3, 2005
ONE MILLION dollars sleeps with the fishes today. Tomorrow, who knows? The state is releasing 2,000 tagged fish - striped bass, largemouth bass, croaker and white perch - from secret sites around the Chesapeake Bay. The right fish caught between now and sundown July 18 could be worth $1 million. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is rolling out the six-week tournament on the shores of Sandy Point State Park this morning like Santa Claus on Christmas morning. But how do we know those fish are being sent a-swimming?